Community cafe opens in Tayport

Official opening of Tayport Community Trust caf�;'BOB MCINTOSH (Tayport Community Trust board member), HELEN RORRISON (chairperson of Leader Euro Funding), FIONA BISSETT (board member), Cllr MARGARET TAYLOR (board member) and TONY GOWLAND (chairman of Tayport Community Trust)'photo; WALTER NEILSON

Official opening of Tayport Community Trust caf�;'BOB MCINTOSH (Tayport Community Trust board member), HELEN RORRISON (chairperson of Leader Euro Funding), FIONA BISSETT (board member), Cllr MARGARET TAYLOR (board member) and TONY GOWLAND (chairman of Tayport Community Trust)'photo; WALTER NEILSON

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A COMMUNITY project that’s been in the planning for nearly two years came to fruition last week with its official opening.

The Harbour Café in Tayport is a social enterprise run by Tayport Community Trust.

It was created from disused shop premises in the town’s Broad Street using funding from a variety of sources, including the Scottish Government, the European Leader programme, the National Lottery, Fife Council, Fife Community Safety Partnership, the Scottish Community Foundation and the Ferryport-on-Craig Community Fund.

Donations were also received from a number of local business people, who were among those who attended last Wednesday’s opening.

The café, which employs two members of staff helped by a small army of volunteers, opened its doors in March and since then has proved to be popular both with local people and visitors.

As well as serving coffees, teas, food and home baking, it is also available as a community space and will double as a small art gallery.

Volunteers are of all ages, and four of the youngest are to be presented with MV Awards, sponsored by the Scottish Government, in recognition for the time they have given to the café.

Councillor Maggie Taylor said: “I, along with all the other Tayport Community Trust trustees and members, are delighted with the success of the café.

“The refurbishment of the old café building has allowed people to sit and enjoy their coffee and cakes and take in the wonderful panoramic view.

“Our thanks have to go to the many people who made this possible through either funding or hard work.”